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Paint Chip Invites 

Written By: Helen Bradley 


Hole punch (1) 
or large needle. 

Paper Trimmer (1) 
or scissors. 


Paint sample cards (1) 

from a paint or hardware store. 

Brads (4) 

Blank card (1) 

Adhesive index tabs (1) 

Transparency paper (1) 

Digital photos (1) 

Computer (1) 

Printer (1) 

Photoshop Elements (1) 
or similar software. 


It's confession time. I love paper and I love anything that's free. Enter the humble paint chip 
color sample — you may have some lying around from your last paint job or, if not, ask your 
hardware store if they have samples from discontinued brands or colors. Paint chip strips 
can be folded and used to make cards, or as decorative accents for a larger card, as I've 
done here. 

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This birthday invitation gets its oomph from the vibrant colors of the paint chips. Paint chips 
are difficult to print on (the ink has a tendency to bleed everywhere), but if you combine 
them with the simple office transparency, you have a winning partnership. 

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• Measure the paint chip color 
sample you'll use on the card. I 
used half a large strip per card to 
provide backgrounds for the 

• Make a new working document the 
size of your strip in a photo-editing 
program such as Photoshop 
Elements. To do this, choose File 
=> New => Blank File. Set the 
Resolution to 300ppi and the Color 
Mode to RGB Color. 

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• Find photos or other images to use. 
You can use scanned photos in 
color or black and white, or photos 
you've downloaded from your 
camera. You can also use line art 
or clip art images — anything goes! 

• Open duplicates of the images to 
use on the card; never work with 

• If the images are in color, click 
each image in turn and convert it to 
black and white by choosing 
Enhance => Convert to Black and 

• Measure 1 rectangular paint chip. 
Click the Rectangular Marquee 
tool. On the Tool Options bar, set 
the Mode to Fixed Aspect Ratio 
and type the width and height of the 
rectangular chip. 

• Make a selection on the first 
image. Choose Edit => Copy, 

switch to the working document, 
and choose Edit => Paste. Size the 

image and move it into position. 
Repeat with the other photos. 

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When you're ready to print, flatten the image by choosing Layer => Flatten Image. Make a 
new image at 81/2"x1 1" and 300dpi for printing. Copy and paste the assembled image into 
this document as many times as you can fit on the page, taking care not to resize the 
images when you do this. Print onto the transparency paper. 

TIP: Make sure to buy the right kind of office transparencies, depending on the type 
of printer you are using — laser or inkjet. Inkjet transparencies have a special 
surface that the ink can attach to, and laser transparencies won't melt and destroy your 
laser printer! 

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Trim the printed images, cut the paint chips to size, and if you're making your own cards, 
cut and fold them. 

Hold the transparency and paint chips in position on the card and punch a small hole in 
each of the 4 corners. Affix the transparency and paint chips to the card using 4 small 

You can also add an adhesive tab with some words describing the event. Add the details of 
the invitation on the inside of your card. 

This project first appeared in CRAFT Volume 10 . pages 49-51 

This document was last generated on 201 2-1 1 -03 1 2:57:20 AM. 

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